Life as a Graduate
It’s not always easy to envisage life after graduating from university, but with the benefit of having been there and having gone through his own experiences, Jonathan Sanderson, Managing Director at Corecom Consulting has compiled a list of five actions which proved to be a success in his life as a graduate.
A penny saved is a penny earned
After graduating from university and landing my first job, I felt as if I had a bank account full of money which I had to spend. Making the most of having a steady supply of income, I soon swapped my pot noodle lifestyle with lavish meals out and my Saturday night pub sessions with high street bars. But at the end of the month I was back to square one, with an empty bank account and not much to show for it.
If I could communicate with my past self, I would say save as much as you can, when you can. Whether this comes from swapping your £120 monthly lunchtime expenses with pre made sandwiches, or replacing your £60 monthly coffee expenditures with a good night’s sleep. Money saved will go a long way towards a dream holiday, a nicer flat share or even a deposit on your first house, so it is well worth cutting back where you can.
True friends are there even when they’re not
One of my worst nightmares is losing those who are close to me, and who have become a huge part of my life whilst at university. This is why the prospect of getting a job at opposite sides of the country to my best friends was so daunting to me. You have to admit to yourself that you can’t always stay close in terms of proximity with your friends, and that some relationships will inevitably drift. From my experience, my true friends were those who, although being hundreds of miles away, would still keep in touch, and would make time for phone calls, Facetimes and even the occasional visit. The friendships to treasure are those that although being away from each other for long periods of time, when you eventually meet up, it’s like you’ve never been apart. And besides, you’re bound to make new friends at work as well.
Be prepared to flat share
Moving into the city can be intimidating, especially if you’re on your own. That is why when I secured my job and moved away, I jumped in to a flat share in the City Centre. Flat shares are a cheaper alternative to living by yourself, and also enable you to broaden your network in the area and avoid isolation. After living independently in a student house, moving to a flat in the City Centre was a big improvement in terms of standard of my living, and I loved being so close to the hustle and bustle of City Centre life. I highly recommend a flat share if you find yourself secluded in an unfamiliar city.
Don’t grind to a halt after graduating
Once you have graduated, there’s likely to be a party or two to celebrate and wish each other farewell. But once the parties have subsided and the hangovers have worn off it’s time to knuckle down on the job hunt. Having a degree often isn’t enough to secure you your dream job. Companies have their pick of the best graduates out there, and so work experience is often an essential aspect of the application process.
It may feel like in order to get a job you need experience, but in order to get experience you need to have had a job. My advice would be to get as much experience as you can wherever you can, and be prepared to work hard for it, it will be worth it in the end.
You don’t have to have your life planned
You don’t need to know the exact career path you want to go down, although it does help! There is still time in your life to find out what you enjoy and what you don’t. Even people who have studied a vocational degree may not want to go down the path they have been studying towards, so it isn’t uncommon not to know. Our company is filled with graduates from an array of disciplines, ranging from Criminology to Project Management. It may be that you find yourself in a job that you don’t necessarily enjoy, but at least you will have developed invaluable experience which will help you whilst searching for your next job, which will be closer to your career aspirations.
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